Arkansas Government Job CLINICAL SPEECH PATHOLOGIST in CONWAY, Arkansas


The Clinical Speech Pathologist is responsible for providing speech, language, and hearingevaluations and speech pathology treatment to vocational and medical clients to improve physical and vocational objectives. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.

Typical Functions

Administers hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests, or examinations to clients to collect information on type and degree of impairments, using written and oral tests and special instruments. Evaluates hearing and speech/language test results and medical or background information to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency, voice, and swallowing disorders. Develops and implements treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders, and inappropriate pitch or harsh voice problems, based on own assessments and recommendations of physicians, psychologists, or social workers. Instructs clients in techniques for more effective communication, including sign language, lip reading, and voice improvement, teaches clients to control or strengthen tongue, jaw, face muscles, and breathing mechanisms, and develops speech exercise programs to reduce disabilities. Participates in treatment plan meetings, collaborates with other professionals concerning optimal client care, prepares evaluation reports, maintains documentation, and writes monthly progress notes for each client. Consults with and advises educators or medical staff on speech or hearing topics, such as communication strategies or speech and language stimulation. May supervise a small professional staff by interviewing and recommending employees for hire, evaluating performance of incumbents, reviewing and approving actions recommended by subordinates, and providing training opportunities. Performs other duties as assigned.

Special Job Dimensions

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language. Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. Knowledge of adaptive communication devices, sound measuring apparatus’, and other assistive devices, as they relate to the communicatively impaired. Ability to identify and understand the speech of another personAbility to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. Ability to communicate in oral and written form. Ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, and procedures as they apply to treatment program.

Minimum Education and/or Experience

The formal education equivalent of a master’s degree in speech pathology from an educational institution recognized by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; plus two years of experience in speech pathology or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with Dysphagia and Augmentative Communication Systems preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must be licensed as a Speech Pathologist by the Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in accordance with ACA 17-100-301. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Agency Specific Information

Division Name Division of Developmental Disabilities Services

Hiring Official Jennifer Ethridge

Special Work Condition The starting salary for this position is $71,403 annually. This position is located in Conway, AR.

Special Application Information GENERAL INFORMATION: All DHS applicants must complete drug screening, as outlined in DHS Policy 1087, prior to being hired. Applications are prescreened according to the state application, addenda, résumé, transcript, licenses and any other information that is submitted. Only transcripts should be submitted at the time of applications; reference letters, certificates, and licenses should be brought at the time of interview. Failure to complete the application form according to instructions with complete and accurate information will adversely impact your comparison to other candidates. List all prior work experience, including military service, with most recent employment first. You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week which you performed these duties. False, misleading, or incomplete statements may result in disciplinary action and possible termination. Benefits package may include: health & life insurance, vacation & sick time, paid holidays, credit union membership, retirement, career bonus, and deferred compensation. CONTINUOUSLY ADVERTISED POSITIONS: Submitting an application for a continuously advertised position does not guarantee that a job is available for that position title; e-mails stating that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for a position are for future reference. Applications submitted for continuously advertised positions are kept on file for 60 days. As jobs for that position title become available, eligible applications in that file that match the county and division criteria will be considered. On your application you should have designated in which counties and divisions you are willing to work. Please keep in mind that you will not appear on hiring lists for counties you do not designate. Do not select “statewide” from this county list. FOR ALL FAMILY SERVICE WORKER POSITIONS ONLY: Applicants must submit an official transcript by mail in addition to applications for all levels of Family Service Worker positions except for Family Services Assistant positions. Transcripts will remain on file for future applications. The following Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees are valid for such Family Service Worker-type positions: Behavior Science Child and Family Development Child Development Counseling (any field) Criminal Justice Education: Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary, or Special Family & Consumer Science Family Development Family Services Home Economics Human Development & Family Studies Human Services Psychology Rehabilitation Science Social Welfare Sociology Social Work Mail your transcript to the following address: Arkansas Department of Human Services Attn: Recruitment P.O. Box 1437, Slot W301 Little Rock, AR 72203 The transcript must be an official transcript sent from the university or college you attended. The transcript must still have the envelope sealed with the security seal affixed. Once the seal is broken, the transcript is considered void.